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1 Bible for Children presents THE HANDSOME FOOLISH KING

2 Written by: Edward Hughes Illustrated by: Janie Forest Adapted by: Lyn Doerksen Produced by: Bible for Children Bible for Children, Inc. License: You have the right to copy or print this story, as long as you do not sell it.

3 Samuel, Israel's judge and leader was old. He made his sons judges over Israel, to take his place in God's service. But Samuel's sons were wicked. They loved money and used their power to get money dishonestly.

4 The people of Israel suffered because of the sons wickedness. The courts were unfair. People had to pay Samuel's sons every time they wanted help.

5 Something had to be done. One day, the elders of Israel gathered together and asked Samuel for help.

6 "Give us a king to judge us," the elders demanded. They did not want Samuel's wicked sons to judge them. They wanted a king just like all the nations around them.

7 Samuel was angry. Israel already had a King! God Almighty, the Eternal One, ruled Israel. Long ago, He had set them free from slavery in Egypt, opening the Red Sea for their escape.

8 Then He had given Israel their beautiful land.

9 When Samuel prayed, the LORD said, "They have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. They have served other gods. Heed their voice and make them a king."

10 God told Samuel to warn the people that their earthly king would take their money in taxes; help himself to their best fields and vineyards; order their sons into his armies; and command their daughters to work for him.

11 But the people wanted a king anyway.

12 God led Samuel to a young man who was very handsome, very shy, and very TALL - a whole head taller than anyone else. His name was Saul. When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said, "This one shall reign over My people."

13 Obediently, Samuel anointed Saul as king of Israel. When he presented Saul to the people of Israel, they cried, "Long live the King!"

14 Soon King Saul was tested. The Ammonites, who hated Israel, surrounded an Israelite city and threatened to put out every man's right eye. What a cruel plan!

15 News of the threat reached King Saul. He got his army ready.

16 When the two armies met, Saul destroyed the Ammonites and rescued the city. King Saul gave God the glory, saying "... today the LORD has accomplished salvation in Israel!"

17 God gave Saul a great victory that day. But Saul did not always honor God. One day, before fighting the Philistines, Saul offered a sacrifice to God.

18 He knew that was Samuel's job. He knew God wanted him to wait until Samuel came to do it. But Saul disobeyed God!

19 When Samuel arrived, he told Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God. Now your kingdom shall not continue."

20 Saul may have thought it was a small sin. But disobedience to God is always serious.

21 Another time, God ordered Saul to destroy the wicked people of Amalek. But Saul and the people let King Agag of Amalek live.

22 They also kept valuables, sheep and oxen. Saul said they had kept these things to sacrifice to the LORD.

23 Samuel told Saul, "To obey is better than sacrifice. You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel." Saul was very sorry for his sin. But it was too late. The rest of his life was unhappy because he would not obey the LORD.

24 The Handsome Foolish King A story from God's Word, the Bible, is found in 1 Samuel 8-16 "The entrance of Your Words gives light." Psalm 119:130

25 The End

26 This Bible story tells us about our wonderful God who made us and who wants us to know Him. God knows we have done bad things, which He calls sin. The punishment for sin is death, but God loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a Cross and be punished for our sins. Then Jesus came back to life and went home to Heaven! If you believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins, He will do it! He will come and live in you now, and you will live with Him forever. If you want to turn from your sins, say this to God: Dear God, I believe that Jesus died for me and now lives again. Please come into my life and forgive my sins, so that I can have new life now, and one day go to be with You forever. Help me to live for You as Your child. Amen. Read the Bible and talk with God every day! John 3:16

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